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Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

In and Beyond the Asylum

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Shows how conceptualisations of modernity in the twentieth century were linked with maintaining individual and collective mental health

  • Looks beyond the walls of the asylum to the new spaces and centres offered for mental health treatment and support

  • This open access book contributes to the growing body of work on the twentieth-century history of psychiatry

Part of the book series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective (MHHP)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Healthy Minds and Intellectual Disability

    • Jan Walmsley
    Pages 95-111Open Access
  3. Autism in the Twentieth Century: An Evolution of a Controversial Condition

    • Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester, Nikki Kiyimba
    Pages 137-165Open Access
  4. ‘(Un)healthy Minds’ and Visual and Tactile Arts, c.1900–1950

    • Imogen Wiltshire
    Pages 211-238Open Access
  5. Correction to: Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

    • Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 267-274

About this book

This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the ‘asylum and after’ paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volume consciously attempt to break down institutional walls and consider mental health through the lenses of institutions, policy, nomenclature, art, lived experience, and popular culture. The book adopts an international scope covering the historical experiences of Britain, Ireland, and North America. In accordance with this broad approach, contributions to the volume span academic fields such as history, arts, literary studies, sociology, and psychology, mirroring the diversity of the subject matter. 

This book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

Reviews

“I nonetheless commend the volume and would encourage readers to take time to engage with all the chapters. Each has real merit, and collectively they add up to more than the sum of their parts.” (Pamela L. Dale, H-Net Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences, networks.h-net.org, October, 2020) “A fresh examination of mental health and illness that moves well beyond the tired dichotomy of triumph or travesty to present nuanced case studies of care. The well-researched chapters reflect sensitivity to social context, evolving nomenclature, and policies that addressed treatment, destigmatization, and prevention, through education, the arts, and popular media, thereby extending the concept of psychiatric care from individuals to populations.” (Jacalyn Duffin, Professor Emerita, Queen's University, Canada)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of History, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

    Steven J. Taylor

  • School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy, York St John University, York, UK

    Alice Brumby

About the editors

Steven J. Taylor is a Wellcome Trust ISSF Early Career Fellow in the History of Poverty and Medicine at the University of Leicester, UK. His research explores ideas and constructions of childhood health, lay and professional diagnoses, ability and disability, and institutional care. His first monograph, Beyond the Asylum: Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  

Alice Brumby is a Lecturer at York St John University, UK. Her research interests focus upon twentieth century mental health care and the role of the community, families and patients in accessing care and treatment. She has published work in First World War Studies and History Today amongst other publications.



Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

  • Book Subtitle: In and Beyond the Asylum

  • Editors: Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby

  • Series Title: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27275-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-27274-6Published: 01 October 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-27277-7Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-27275-3Published: 16 September 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6036

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6044

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 274

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social History, Modern History, History of Medicine, Psychiatry

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Hardcover Book USD 31.00
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